While it only came in the second game of the season, the Baltimore Orioles' loss to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday will be hard to live down. Apr 1, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Felix Bautista (74) reacts after left fielder Ryan McKenna (26) (not pictured) dropped a fly ball during the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

While it only came in the second game of the season, the Baltimore Orioles’ loss to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday will be hard to live down.

After scoring three runs in the top of the first inning and leading 7-1 after the top of the third, the Orioles were well-positioned to cruise to victory and a 2-0 start. And while the Red Sox would scrap back into it with four in the bottom of the third and two more in the seventh, Baltimore still led 8-7 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. The Orioles were still in control.

Félix Bautista got the first two outs with little drama, striking out Rafael Devers retiring Justin Turner on a groundout. Masataka Yoshida then hit a fly ball to left field and it appeared as though Ryan McKenna would easily catch the ball to end the game. 

Appearances were deceiving.

As bad as that was, the error didn’t tie the game or even put the tying run in scoring position. All Bautista had to do was retire Adam Duvall and Baltimore would still win.

But that was easier said than done.

Duvall, who was already having a monster game, capped it off by driving a walk-off home run just over the Green Monster.

The Orioles broadcast on MASN (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network) summed up the loss perfectly.

The MASN broadcasters were not the only ones to comment on the game’s incredible finish.

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